I have been teaching for 17 years. My bachelors is in Elementary Education with a certification in Pre-K to 6. I also have a degree in Recreation and a Masters in Education Leadership/Administration. I am a trained gifted, ESL, LD, Autism, ED and Special Needs inclusion teacher. I have taught 2,3,4,5 grades and have taught in WV, VA, FL and SC. I tutor and have been a Program Director for the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club and for the Girl Scout Council. I have written program booklets for the Girl Scouts and have created canned programs for the scouts that were sent to leaders over a 54 county region. Interim Assistant Principal, Mentor teacher for high school students and the college student teaching lead teacher, trainer of teachers; specializing in teaching boys, Grade level chair, School Improvement Chair.
I believe teaching should be fun for the student and the teacher. I rarely do the same thing twice! I believe students should be actively involved in their own education. I believe students deserve respect and treated as partners in their educational journey. They should have a say in what they learn. I include my students in the planning of what we learn and eagerly listen to their ideas. They are in charge of their room in the since of keeping it clean and organization. They set the mood of the learning (with my gentle guidance of course :) I empower my students to be the best "me" they can be! "He who works the hardest learns the most."
Teacher of the Year, Wal-mart Teacher of the Year, Adopt a teacher in VA and SC, selected to attend NASA teacher training for 3 weeks, grant recipient many times over.
Masters of Elementary Education with a certification in Leadership and Administration, Bachelors of Elementary Education Pre-K 6, Bachelors of Recreation, Associates of Science
I have raised three beautiful children of my own, the oldest is 25 and a set of twins that are 22. Some of my lessons feature my own children ;) and are stories from children in my past classes. A few are from my childhood and many are adventures my husband and I have had. I am living my best life right now! http://commoncoretoolbox.blogspot.com/
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Specialty, Math, Science, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, ELA Test Prep, Literature, Problem Solving, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Poetry, Autumn, Halloween, Valentine's Day, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, Informational Text